zdk (1789) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared by murphym45 (originally from pepsican, I believe) - very solid IPA. Aroma is soft lavender and floral perfume, which gave me the distinct impression of soap or detergent (but not in a bad way). Body is sweet caramel, well carbonated. smooth, tasty fresh & refreshing. Generous hops, piney and floral, but not overpowering. If this got around more, it could be a classic, IMO.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
courtesy of pepsican, thank you! pours a slightly hazy golden copper with minimal white head and not much lacing of spotting to speak of. aroma of bubblegummmy esters and spicy hops. a bit og sweet bubblegum in the front palate, more of the spiciness of the esters as the carbonation opens up in the back palate.
fidelis83 (1739) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy copper with a tall eggshell head that has great retention. Aroma is of citrus and spicy hops, a little grass, peppery yeast, a touch of bubblegum and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is big on grapefruit sweet grass and caramel, some nice pine notes, pepper, bubblegum, tropical fruit, and fruity floral notes round out the finish. Palate ismedium bodied with a fairly dry feel throughout, becoming a tad astringent toward the finish. The somewhat sweet, fruity flavor seems to minimize the perception of astringency. Very tasty, a little strange, but nothing wrong with that.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another Iowa tick, all right. Thanks to thetomG on BA for this. Pours a cloudy medium amber color with a huge foamy off-white head that leaves thick lacing on the glass. The aroma is very herbal with orange peel and spice. Some very noticeable Belgian yeast. The flavor has a sweet caramel malt base with herbal tea notes, orange peel, and a spicy Belgian yeastiness. Medium-bodied with slight syrupiness and carbonation on the lively side of average. Very interesting and not bad overall.
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours from a bottle like red stripe, kind of like a medicine bottle.
nice caramel colored brew, not dark brown, but a light brown in color. a small clump of white frothy foam lays on top. disipates relatively quick.
I smell english and belgian pale malts imediately followed by some piney hop with some peppery spice. this smells a lot like a belgian IPA with use of American hops. there is a floral boquet hidden in this beer underneath the heavy aromas. I guessed there was belgian yeast and malts used in this and the label confirmed.
the first sip tells me my nose made no mistake. I get the pungent earthy flavors of english pale malts with some biscuit qualiies and a sweetness from the belgian pale malts. There is a ton of bitterness on the finish. The hops lend a nice pineyness and as it warmed more and i got through the glass i hit more and more citrus notes, orange rind.
This is a nice hybrid 3 country india pale ale. If any of the three countries get left out it would be the english part, it represents but not as much as the belgian malt and yeast qualities and the american hop qualities. nicely done, very complex and full of flavors.
I dig this beer!
I ate this with some Tachos and it blended nicely! (nachos that use tator tots instead of tortilla chips) :)
deyholla (5404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Sean, thanks. Poured a cloudy earthy brown with a yellowish hue and an off-white head that started and remained at the edges. Aroma was mainly pine with some light fruits and a grain backbone. Flavor was a combination of sweet grain and pine with a bit of backing grapefruit.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of thetomG in Secret Santa Winter 10. Thanks! Yay Iowa beer! Pours a very hazy amber color, obviously unfiltered. Medium creamy offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of earthy hops with a lot of citrus, lemon zest particularly. Some grapefruit and faint caramel malts. The taste is bitter hops, peppery and spicy with some citrus zest notes. Medium bodied. Decent beer with a fairly unique hop profile, but could use more balance.
changeup45 (1670) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy Secret Santa! Copper colored, decent sized head. Not much head retention though. Citrusy hops show in the aroma along with herbal notes, toffee, and orange zest. Sweet malty body, relatively thick, more caramel showing here with some dough as well. Again, the hop flavor is citrusy, a good dose of sweet tropical fruit, with just a smidge of pine in the finish. Orange spice and belgian yeasty notes are stronger here than in the aroma and seem to stand out more and more as I work through the bottle. A bit candy like I guess with controlled bitterness and zesty perfume qualities. Not a big fan of the Belgian IPA’s but this one isn’t one dimensional and overall pretty well done.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rather pale pour, good so far... Nice hoppy nose, lots of honey dough malt. Taste is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, nice honey and bready malts, decent citrus and some herbal hops. Not really an IPA, but a very solid brew all the same.
Travlr (9944) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of nuplastikk, thanks! Clear deep golden color, small white head that settles quickly. Aroma of grass and pine. Taste is bitter but not overly so, decent malt balance. Nice.